RCC TIMES Volume 1 Issue 1 The Mission ofSGA Student Goveniment Association has a mission to act as a liaison between the students and the faculty and administration. We can only do so if students will take the initiative to come to room 3 1 8 on the 3rd Tuesday of every month for our meetings. We also have Student Assembly every 1st Tuesday of the month. During these events students' concerns are heard and addressed by the Student Senate. Information will be gathered and addressed at the next Student Assembly or during Student Govenunent meetings. Students need to focus on what is their main purpose here at Roxbury Community College, and go after that purpose (education) fay any means necessary . There are pjroper channels that should be taken and ways to get problems resolved quickly, peacefully and effectively. My only solution to students is "Do your job, research, ask questions and be focused." Chesterfield Coppin, SGA President Antione LaFontant, VP SGA Week of November 4,1996 STUDENT VOICES Community College Conference dtudent Government Association members attended their annual CCSLA (Community College Student Leadership Association) fail leadership conference on October 10, 19% at the Framingham Tara Hotel. The focus of the conference was on assisting campus leaders with various issues and activities. During the conference we participated in the Hillcrest Adventure Program, which helps students let down the barriers that prevent students from interacting with each other and becoming acquainted with students from different college. Other events included; The Idea Inside This Issue BBS, TLC, and Save the Dates Off The Plantation 4 RCC Tiger^s Schedule 5 Get out to Vote Published by TTie Office of Student Activities Excfaangel^etwoik, whicEilie^ eampu&leadeis bnng. new initiatives to the campus. This event brought to light information about the different personahties students have and those with which they must deal. Finally, we did the usual school swap ( we brought RCC cups, mugs, pencils and stickers) which was used a concluding event and as an opportunity to remind us of the tnt)therly and sisterly relationship among the community colleges. Chesterfield Coppin, SGA President RCC Boston Business School Did you know that the Boston Business School Campus has a reputation with the Boston Business community that is unsurpassed. You will find our alumni working for some of the most prestigious institutions in and around Boston. The class size is small, the people are warm and fiiendly, and the teachers are unique. The campus is located a few blocks from Boston University on Commonwealth Ave. Come check it out! Janice Chandler, SGA Rep. Learning Center Student Forum The Learning Resource Center(LRC) will hold a forum called "The Best Information Comes From the Source" on Wednesday, November 6 fi^om 4:45 - 6:00 1^ in Room 121 Academic Bldg. and on Thursday November 7, 1996 fiom 1 1:30- 12:45 H^ in Room 121 Academic Bldg. Come share your ideas, complaints, thoughts, concerns, compliment and problems. What can you expea fit)m the forum? Dean Bond and her staff plan to listen, take notes and from this foium prepare a report to the College Community as to how you see the TLC and develop a plan to improve Learning Center programs and services for all RCC students. X he I /earning \^^enter Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Friday 8:30 AM -3:00 PM Saturday 8:30 AM -3:00 PM Deadline The deadline to submit articles for the next edition of the RCC Times is November 14. RCC TIMES Save The Dates Wednesday, November 6 CAPS presents College Fair 9:30 AM -1:00 PM Cafeteria November 12 -18 English Comp Exam Call or stop by the Assessment Office Rm. 207 Academic Bldg. Wednesday, November 13 Health Fair 10:00 AM -1:00 PM Academic & Student Center Friday, November 22 Black/Latino Male Focus Group 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 3:00 PM -6:00 PM Reggie Lewis Track In Search of Editor-Chief The RCC Times is looking for an Editor-Chief for the student newspaper. For more information contact: Elizabeth Clark, Director of Student Activities Rm. 317 Student Center. RCC TIMES Early this year, an R.C.C. &culty member stood in the fixjnt of a classroom, and told a numba- of students ". . ■ she didn't earn that scholarship ... the President gave it to her to buy her off" As if the fact that a professor at the college I attend would act in this petty, unprofessional manner were not enough, this particular man had the gaU to cast aspersion on my character, by insinuating that my support of the President (and thereby the college) was less than genuine. The above scenario is symbolic of an issue that has existed for some time here at R.C.C. . namely, the faculty's apparent lack of regard forthc very students they are employed to serve. There have been other incidents recently that make this issue a pressing one. A professor was heard to say to a class having difficulty with a math problem, "Oh, come on - monkeys could do this." Last year's trip to Cuba, ostensibly to ejqjose the class to the political climate in Cuba, inchided only two students, although there were more than ten persons travelhng that day. These are often the same faculty membere who will turn and ask for your support when they are "under the gun." Whenever a professor can encourage his students to "sue the Boston Public School system" as opposed to doing their jobs - educating us in the fields of their expertise - then there is something drastically wrong. Innrycapacity as Student Trustee, it has been my experience that most students feel as though the fecuhy member is "untouchable", i.e., that what the professor gives is what the student takes. This is not the foundation upon which a proper education is built A professor should be responsive to his/her students, in order to ensure that the student actually learns vibat is being taught. Many students have come to me to discuss issues regarding various faculty members, and a large proportion of these issues seem to be centered around the fact that faculty members, in many cases, regard the general student population as unprepared for college-level academics, and therefore "untcacfaable." While some members of the student population may well need some foma of remedial assistance, it remains the job of the professor to do his/her best to fulfill the mission of the school - to take students who may not have had the opportunity to attend a four- year institution and prepare them to compete with tiie graduates of these institutions. What is actually being aoconqjlished, however, is that some of the students who were turned out of high school unprepared are being ahutUed through R.C.C. (if they dont drop the classes) by profiaBore who have little hope, and expend little eflFortin, teaching them anything. If professors are not up to the challenge of prqjaring these students for their futures, then they are in the wrong school. Students need to understand that 1) they are not powerless; and 2) thatthe faculty is not omnipotent If your needs are not being met by your professor, get in touch with Student Govenmient, who will help you to contact the head of the department in written form and air your grievance. It is critical to the continued fiilfilhnent of the school's mission that students get out of the "plantation" mentaUty, and realize that they have a right to a propel educaUon at R.C.C., just as the School has an obUgation to provide it As much as some ficuhy would like you to believe otherwise, you are not worthless, and you are not without recourse. RCC TIMES RCC TIGERS i?. €. €. MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE DATE SCHOOL TIME PLACE 11/9/96 GATEWAY C.C. 3:00 HOME 11/13/96 NORTH SHORE C,C. 6:00 HOME 11/16/96 NORWALK C.C. 1:00 AWAY *'.' 11/19/96 MANCHESTER C.C. 7:00 HOME 11/21/96 NEW HAiVlPSHIRE TECH 7:00 AWAY 11/25/96 U.CONN AVERY FT. 7:00 HOME 11/27/96 QUINSIGAMOND . 6:00 HOME 12/12/96 MASS BAY C.C. 7:00 HOME 12/13/96 BUNKER HILL C.C. 7:00 HOME 12/21/96 ESSEX C.C. 1:00 AWAY 1/11/97 NAUGATL'CK C.C. TBA AWAY 1/12/97 NAUGATUCK C.C. TBA AWAY 1/22/97 NORTHERN ESSEX C.C. 6:00 HOME 1/25/97 NORWALK C.C. 7:00 HOME 1/27/97 U.CONN AVTRY FT. 8:00 AWAY 1/29/97 QUINSIGAMOND 6:00 AWAY 1/30/97 HESSER C.C. 7:00 AWAY 2/1/97 MANCHLSTER 2.00 AWAY . 2/3/97 NORTH SHORE C.C. 7:00 AWAY 2/4/97 MASS BAY C.C. 8:00 AWAY 2/8/97 FRANKLIN INSTITUTE 7:00 HOME 2/11/97 GATEWAY C.C. 1:00 AWAY 2/14/97 SPRINGFIELD TECH. 7:00 AWAY 2/15/97 HOLYOKE C.C. 1:00 AWAY 2/17/97 BUNKER HILL C.C. 7:00 AWAY 2/18/97 HAMPSHIRE C.C. 7:00 AWAY 2/20/97 NEWBURY C.C. 8:00 AWAY 2/22/97 MCCAC SL\1I TBA S.T.C.C. 2/23/97 MCCAC FINAL TBA S.T.C.C. 3/1/97 REGION NJCAA SEMI TBA C.C.R.I. 3/2/97 REGION NICAA FINAL TBA C.C.R.I. 3/13/97 NATIONALS TBA DELHI, N.Y 3/14/97 NATIONALS TBA DELHI, N.Y 3/15/97 NATIONALS TBA DELHI, N.Y RCC TIMES ELECTION DAY TUESDAY NOVEMBERS, 1996 YOUR VOTE COUNTS !